The government has challenged new research warning that the
dispersal of asylum seekers could increase transmission of
The study, reported in the British Medical Journal, is
based on the responses of the lead doctors in 56 of the 75 sexual
health clinics in England that treat patients with HIV. Nineteen
doctors had experienced patients being dispersed away from their
centre, against medical advice.
It also often found that medical details were not
However, the Home Office said there was no evidence that the
dispersal of asylum seekers had any effect on rates of HIV
A spokesperson said medical considerations were taken into account
when assessing asylum seekers’ suitability for dispersal, adding
that those with HIV or Aids were moved only to areas where suitable
treatment was available.